12 Endangered Softshell Tortoises Seized In Cuttack During Illegal Trade

Cuttack; Dec.9: In a major breakthrough Forest Department officials on Wednesday rescued 12 endangered softshell tortoises, all protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, from Kathajodi river mouth at 42 Mouja area in Cuttack. 

According to sources, the forest officials seized the endangered tortoises while they were being sent to Kolkata.

However, the accused who was shipping the tortoises, is absconding.

The value of each softshell tortoise is Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Forest officials have started investigation in the illegal trade and tried to nab the accused.

BJP to corner Govt on several issues in Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Drinking water crisis, farmers' problems and corruption at the grass roots level are also some of the issues the opposition BJP is lining...

Naveen announces Rs 100 crore for Odisha Millets Mission

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced that Rs 100 crore will be spent next year to expand the state's millets mission for the ben...

Odisha proposes to establish 19 new hospitals in 18 backward districts

Bhubaneswar: The State Government has proposed to set up 19 new hospitals on Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis in 18 backward districts of the st...

Odisha Assembly Budget Session from tomorrow, security tightened

Bhubaneswar: Security has been tightened and patrolling intensified in the city for the Budget Session of the Assembly beginning from Tuesday.As many ...